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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

About the Library

Giving To The Library

The Salem State University Library welcomes gifts from the community. There are several options for giving a gift to the library. A gift to the Salem State University Library is a gift to all of the members of the Salem State community. To give a one-time or recurring donation to the library, please go to SSU Library donation page.


Memorial and In Honor Of Contributions

Gifts in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one are welcomed. Contributions will be used to purchase library materials. The library staff will carefully select materials and a commemorative bookplate will be placed in each item. A special library note card will be send to the family or honoree to acknowledge the gift.


Books and Materials Donations

The Frederick E. Berry Library welcomes the donation of books and other materials that will enhance the collections and support the curriculum at Salem State University. The acceptance of book donations is contingent upon the appropriateness of the materials for the library's holdings and the physical condition of the donated materials.

General Guidelines

Items will not be accepted if they have any of the following issues: poor physical condition (dirty, moldy, burnt, water damage, damaged binding, missing pages, missing covers), excessive writing, markings, or highlighting.

In addition, we generally do not accept unbound magazines (such as National Geographic), Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, cookbooks, travel books, study guides, and textbooks.

The library currently requests a donor to submit a list of each book title, its author, and its year of publication before a collection of books will be accepted. 

For more information on donating materials and making arrangements, please email Funda Shafer or contact her by phone at 978.542.6153.


Local Authors

We encourage local authors to donate copies of their books. These books will be plated as a special donation from the author.


Planned Giving

Gifts of money, securities or other property can be made for future or present use. These gifts can include insurance policies, real estate, charitable trusts and bequests. Please contact the dean of the library, or Institutional Advancement for more information on these gifts.


Salem State University Foundation

The Salem State University foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to help meet its needs and goals by raising and distributing private contributions for the college. In so doing, the foundation invests and manages these contributions that meet the needs of the Salem State University community not met through public funds. Gifts to the foundation may be restricted to needs of the library.


For more information on giving to the Salem State University Library, please email Library Dean Elizabeth McKeigue or contact the Library Administrative Office at 978.542.6153.